Neighbours speak of shock after Norfolk grandmother dies in tragic accident

PUBLISHED: 13:26 14 May 2014

The scene of the accident in Great Melton Road, Hethersett. Photo: Bill Smith

The scene of the accident in Great Melton Road, Hethersett. Photo: Bill Smith

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Neighbours have spoken of their shock and sadness after the death of a grandmother who was hit by a delivery lorry, just yards from her front door.

Vivienne Abbott, who was in her eighties, died close to her home in Great Melton Road in Hethersett yesterday, She was hit by a lorry which was making a delivery to a neighbouring property at about 9.20am.

Paramedics and the crew of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which landed in a nearby field, battled to save Mrs Abbott’s life by trying to resuscitate her.

But mother-of-two Mrs Abbott, who had lived in Hethersett for decades, died at the scene.

An East Anglian Air Ambulance spokesman said: “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all those at the scene, the patient was declared deceased. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”

The road remained closed until 12.30pm, while police carried out an investigation. Drivers were advised to stay away from the area.

Neighbours described the loss of Mrs Abbott as a tragedy. David Leverett, who lives in Great Melton Road and saw the paramedics trying to save Mrs Abbott, said: “It’s very sad. It’s a tragic accident and it has left us all shocked.”

He said Mrs Abbott was a quiet neighbour who kept herself to herself. He said she had previously lived elsewhere in Hethersett before moving to Great Melton Road.

And he and other neighbours questioned whether the tragedy could have been avoided - because the road where the tragedy happened does not have a footpath.

Neighbours said part of their gardens were removed by the council some 50 years ago, so a footpath could be put in place, but it never was and there is just a grass verge next to the road.

Mr Leverett said: “If anyone wants to walk down here they have to walk on the road and Vivienne walked with a stick, so she wasn’t that steady on her feet.

“We got a petition up about them putting in a path here, especially with all the new homes they are going to build, but nothing seems to get done.”

Police have appealed for any witnesses to what happened to get in touch with them.

Witnesses are asked to contact Sgt Chris Winter or the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

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